There are a million songs about summer, but my favorite is the Foo Fighter’s Summer’s End! As we get closer to the end of summer, I can see myself sit by the river & hum away! Unfortunately, there isn’t an official video, but you can listen to it here. It’s fascinating how when I was in India, I looked forward to winters (which are 60 degrees F btw) and now I wish summer would last a few more weeks. I’ve had such a great time during my first summer in America. I have loved every minute of being outdoor, I’ve been doing all my chores with a smile too! So to make the most of the few days left I’ve been trying to pack my weekend with outfit shoots or insta meets! These last 3 weeks will be the last of summery flowy skirts, until May 2016!
As you’ve seen over the past couple of posts, I’m venturing out of Center City to explore the various eclectic neighborhoods of Philly. I talked about my fav places in Old City here. I had heard a lot about Fishtown and never been there, so I connected with Rob, a photography major from Fishtown & asked him to show me around. Of course all the while, he worked his magic with the camera. In addition to being a photographer, Rob manages a band (American Dinosaur) & helps his mom out at their family store. I love that at every photoshoot, I meet amazing people!
Unlike Center City, Fishtown is unembellished. I loved walking around to find several vintage stores that stalked clothes, furniture & other knick knacks & since Rob was pressed for time and we needed to shoot before we lost light I curbed my urge to shop!
He took me to his favorite store that stocks everything from old spectacle frames to furniture. ‘Jinxed’ is a store I will be visiting again soon! They had these crystal glass jars I spotted which I NEED!
Did you know that Philly is super hipster? Unless it’s an emergency, most self respecting Philadelphians prefer their coffee from a local coffee shop over a chain like Starbucks or Dunkin. Well some may argue that La Colombe is now a chain, but it was started about 10 years ago right here in Philly. They have a a few cafes around DC, Chicago and NYC. You should visit one of them when you are in any of these cities, they have coffee on draft! In Philly, the biggest La Colombe is in Fishtown, so a quick break and a few shots here were definitely on the cards.
(I got this shot on my phone)
I hate driving and I haven’t found it in me to give the whole left side driving a shot. Since I live in Center City, the best way to get around is by public transport. I got to Fishtown on the train and had to get a few shots under the El(Market- Frankfurt line)!
We did stop traffic on the road to get a couple of shots, much to the dismay and entertainment of several car drivers and pedestrians.
A super quick note on my outfit, I love wearing pieces of India because not only are they completely different from the usual street style, but also because the colors, prints and fabrics are best for summer! I styled an indigo dyed cotton skirt with a crop top, brogues & an Indian kitsch art clutch. What do you think of the styling? Boho, bold or boring?
Skirt: Either or, Pune
Black crop: Banana Republic
Neckpiece: Pretty Stoned, gifted
Brogues: Shelly’s London
Oversized envelope Clutch: Much More, Pune/India
All photographs by Rob McCandless. Follow his Instagram handle, here